Book Review: The Guest by Mitali Meelan

  • ISIN: 978-8192982229
  • Genre:Fiction
  • Publishers:Black Ink
  • Price: Rs. 139/- (I got this book from the for a review)
Eighteen-year-old Neha Ranade is perfectly content with her life—a singer boyfriend, a group of loyal friends and with the college annual festival around the corner, her days are full and exciting. But when her father’s Canadian colleague arrives home, Neha’s grand plans are uprooted. What could be the intentions of this curious guest’s sudden visit—for better or for worse?

Behind the book

About the author 

Mitali Meelan [22] was born in Thane and brought up in Mumbai. She earned her bachelor’s degree in economics and pursued her master’s in English Literature, while working with a magazine as an editorial coordinator for a short while. She has a couple of short stories published in anthologies. A girl who longs to love tea and coffee but just can’t, she tried her hands at different fields before realizing she’ll always return to writing. When she’s not telling stories, you can find her writing blog posts, reading, listening to soft music, dreaming about non-existent people or watching videos on YouTube. She also loves quiet getaways and hangouts with family, close friends and her cat.

Me thinks

For a debut author Mitali Meelan has done an amazing job in terms of the narration and her writing style. Though the story is nothing out of this world and the plot is wafer thin so to speak it is her treatment of the plot that adds layers to it in terms of emotions and other complexities of human relationships brought alive by her in those pages.

The story is predictable but that did not deter me from wanting to read it till the last page and know what happens  - that is the power of her writing! She has knack for describing even the mundane so well that it becomes interesting. You start observing all those nuances so well narrated by her and try to flow along with the story. The character of Neha stands out in the whole story very well as the protagonist and makes you feel for her.  A very unique story which is a refreshing read amongst all the romance novels flooding the markets!

A strongly recommended read for the newness it has not only in its story but also in the style of writing.

Foodie Verdict

This book is like Paneer Koliwada - crispy, crunchy, tangy and spicy - all in perfect doses.



  1. Hmm...seems interesting! Writing style and narration particularly interest me.

  2. Thank you for reading and for sharing your thoughts. The Foodie verdict is a new way of summing up a book; I couldn't help but smile.

    1. Thank you so much for your comment! :)

      Yes I wanted something unique and what better than food for a foodie and a book lover :)


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